Collaboration & Teams

196: What a higher ed conference can teach us about provocation, storytelling, and staying engaged as we age

Last month, I had the opportunity to have my perspective tested. As someone that works in higher education, you might think that’s not much of a novelty. On the contrary — none of us is immune to cemented positions and calcified opinions. The NACUBO 2018 Annual Meeting was a chance for me to face some of my own, and I walked away with three experiences I wanted to share this week.

191: Plymouth State President Donald Birx Faces Transformation Head-on in Clusters

Plymouth State University is making a dramatic shift, moving from a traditional university structure to a cluster-based model, which will give students a new combination of education and engaged scholarship necessary to compete successfully in an increasingly complex and demanding world. 

188: Building Your Culture from the Bottom Up — The Operations Review

This week on the show, Howard Teibel leads us through a conversation about building this new muscle. You’ll have a better understanding of what it means to engage your community, what it means to work through problems collaboratively, and how to send the message throughout the enterprise that you truly care about what they believe are the most important issues you face together. 

180: Challenging our Blindspots — Moods, Assessments, and Assertions with Author Gloria Flores

This week, we welcome Gloria Flores to the show, co-founder and President of Pluralistic Networks. In her work, Gloria is committed to developing innovative ways for people to learn to collaborate, to listen, to build trust, and to build value for each other. Of particular interest to her is the creation of learning environments that will enable people to develop what many describe as “soft skills,” but that really should be referred as “crucial skills” for today’s world.

171: Looking to the Business Model for True Innovation

This week on the show, founder and principal of rpkGROUP, Rick Staisloff, joins Howard Teibel for a conversation on leadership from the outside in. As seasoned consultants to higher education, the two address how to affect the way leadership sees themselves, the contingencies forcing change. 

168: Finding Inspiration on the Outside — Bringing Innovation to Higher Ed

You never know where good ideas are going to come from. We take it as axiomatic that inspiration comes from synchronicity, and too often we leave it at that, relegating the best ideas to the whimsy of luck. 

This week on the show we’re challenging this commonly held wisdom thanks to our work with key partner, University of Colorado, in developing a process to cultivate synchronicity, to bring the right people together, and drive a change in culture that celebrates the incubation of great ideas. 

167: Fixing the Cracks in the Academic Business Model with Bill Massy

Howard Teibel recently sat down with noted educator and prolific writer Dr. Bill Massy talk about our changing perception of universities as complex human systems. The advanced modeling work that Dr. Massy has created over his distinguished career has helped institutions around the world to better understand pedagogical performance improvement and the relationship of that work to administration and leadership through sound operational models. 

164: Stack Your Bench — Succession Planning in Higher Ed

Succession planning — the way most of us do it — doesn’t work. Face it: the last thing that today’s leaders want to do is plan their exit while they’re still 100% invested in doing today’s work. And that’s why this topic is so important: it is precisely because it is unpalatable that we hide from it, dodge it, look the other way.

160: Building Strategic Thinkers in Your Organization

This week, we’ll focus on the key factors to bring strategic thinking to your work that asks the big questions. Strategic thinking is not linear or delivering on daily work. It’s about peering around corners, across horizons, and uncovering trends that exist beyond the bubble of your institution.

158: Becoming a Strategic Communicator

Listen to Becoming a Strategic Communicator on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

Many of us, whether we recognize it or not, are doing an ineffective job at communicating strategically. If part of your day-to-day role is to move people and projects forward through influence, this week's conversation is for you. It starts with a deceivingly simple premise: your teams care less about what you want to do, than why you want to do it.

In part one of a three-part conversation we dive into what it means to be a strategic communicator. Do you have a clear understanding of your own engagement to your projects? When asked, can you answer why the work is important to you? Do you understand how your message connects with your constituent audiences as a leader of your institution? This week on the show, learn key insights that will not only allow you to present the work of the campus clearly, but also engage and inspire your teams at the same time.

157: Meet the dean of University of Colorado's first new college in 53 years

Listen to Lori Bergen on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

Dr. Lori Bergen is founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado. A veteran journalist turned academic, she’s president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and serves on the national advisory board of the Poynter Institute. Prior to CU, she served as dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

Dr. Bergen joins us this week to share the story of University of Colorado’s new college, one of program change, discontinuation, merger, and the challenges that come of progress at a time of concern in our field. CU’s CMCI is truly a story of innovation and growth in higher education and serves as a terrific role model. 

Links & Notes

151: Goucher President José Bowen shares the power of improvisation in institutional leadership

Listen to José Bowen on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

How do we transform our institutions and learning models to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students? What does “student success” mean to the academic mission of tomorrow’s institutions? How do we better adapt the college experience to address complexity and transparency? José Bowen currently serves as the 11th president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and he joins us on the show today to help map the winding road toward student success. Along the way we learn a deceivingly valuable lesson of music: count on modulation and improvisation as a versatile leadership mentality.

Links & Notes

147: WACUBO Live — Incoming WACUBO Presidents Share the Pressure and Opportunity of Leadership Legacy

Listen to WACUBO Live on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

This week we have the second of our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the incoming WACUBO presidents in which they share their hopes and insights around the power of a diverse and inclusive association, along with living up to the pressure of the legacy of leaders that has come before. 

Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event at the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.

146: WACUBO Live — Outgoing Regional Presidents on the "Education Trust" and Innovation on Campus

Listen to WACUBO Live on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

This week we have the first in our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the current regional association presidents in which they share their valuable insights in innovation, change, service, and the state of education in their regions. 

 

The President's Roundtable Guests

  Lynn Valenter  President, WACUBO Vice Chancellor, Finance & Operations Washington State University Vancouver

Lynn Valenter
President, WACUBO
Vice Chancellor, Finance & Operations
Washington State University Vancouver

  Lynne Schaefer  Chair, EACUBO VP, Administration & Finance University of Maryland Baltimore County

Lynne Schaefer
Chair, EACUBO
VP, Administration & Finance
University of Maryland Baltimore County

  Ben Crutcher  President, SACUBO AVP, Auxiliary Services University of Kentucky

Ben Crutcher
President, SACUBO
AVP, Auxiliary Services
University of Kentucky

  Peter Murtaugh  President, CACUBO VP, Finance & Administration Ranked Technical College

Peter Murtaugh
President, CACUBO
VP, Finance & Administration
Ranked Technical College

Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event, and the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Photo courtesy Helen Norris, Chapman University